Malayalam Superstar Mammootty to inaugurate Beypore Water Fest on Dec 26

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Kozhikode, Dec 25 : Malayalam Superstar Mammootty will inaugurate the four-day Beypore Water Fest on Sunday, which is part of the Kerala government’s efforts to tap the tourism potential of the ancient port town on the Malabar coast.

Tourism and PWD Minister P A Mohamed Riyas will participate in the opening ceremony that also seeks to further highlight the age-old culture of Malabar before the world.

The event, to end on December 29, aims to feature the heritage value of one of country’s oldest harbours, known for its ship-building tradition and cross-cultural influences amid communal amity.

Mammootty will declare the festival open virtually.

Apart from Mr Riyas, Members of Parliament M.K. Raghavan and M.V. Shreyamskumar, Additional Chief Secretary (Tourism) Dr Venu V, Kerala Tourism Director V.R. Krishna Teja, District Collector Dr Narasimhugari T L Reddy and elected representatives of three-tier local administration bodies will be present a release here said.

The chief attraction of the event will be competitive races and Malabar’s first sailing regatta. It is curated by retired Naval officer-yachtsman, Commander Abhilash Tomy, who became the first Indian to complete a solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the world under sail.

Sunday’s function will be followed by a cycle ride, which is to be flagged off by the state’s Harbour and Museum Minister Ahamed Devarkovil.

There will be a food festival and it will be inaugurated by Forests Minister A.K. Saseendran.

On December 27, a kite fest will be inaugurated by Elamaram Kareem, MP. The valedictory function will have actress Manju Warrier as the chief guest.

The fest, which will have races and celebrations, will be held in ten venues, features kayaking, paddle race, display boat, boat races, the Navy’s band music and an exhibition of Naval ships.

Beypore is located six km south-west of Kozhikode city on the estuary where the River Chaliyar empties into Arabian Sea. Long before the advent of the western colonialists, the port was a vital link in maritime trade with West Asia.

As Malabar’s commercial hub, it was renowned for the weather-resistant wooden ships built by the local artisans. Called ‘uru’ (dhow), which was in great demand and they carried the bulk of trade with West Asia.

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